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Life and works of Jane Austen
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What's not to love about Jane Austen? Beloved British author, daughter, sister, friend and aunt, a woman ahead of her time, Jane Austen captured the hearts and minds of future generations during her short life. With only six major works, Austen has managed to become one of the most famous British authors of all time.


Tidbits on Jane Austen

  • Born December 16, 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, England
  • Died July 18, 1817 in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • Many believe she died from Addison's Disease
  • Buried in Winchester Cathedral
  • Sixth of eight children
  • Her sister, Cassandra, was her closest confidante
  • Some speculate that Jane fell in love but his identity remains a mystery (and it was not Tom Lefroy)
  • She accepted Harris Bigg-Wither's proposal, only to change her mind
  • Austen was the original single woman, strong willed with a wealth of wit evidenced in her writings
  • Influenced by Samuel Johnson (A Dictionary of the English Language)
  • Two brothers, Charles and Frank, rose to the rank of Admiral in the Navy
  • Her six published novels:  Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion

The Author Herself


The Austen Family


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Elizabeth Roberts

RIP Jane

Such wert Thou, Sister! Whilst below

In this mixt scene of joy and woe,

To have thee with us it was given

A special kind behest of Heaven.

What now thou art! We cannot tell:

Nor where, the just made perfect dwell

Know we as yet: to us denied

To draw that parting veil aside

Which twixt two different worlds outspread

Divides the Living from the Dead. (Selwyn, p. 48-49)

Selwyn, David ed.  The Poetry of Jane Austen and the Austen Family.  Iowa:  University of Iowa Press, 1997.


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